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Annual canvass household enquiry

The annual canvass of electors is designed to ensure we have the correct people on the electoral register. The canvass takes place each year between July and November.  Changes to households during this time will be included in the revised copy of the electoral register published on 1 December.

This year's canvass, which we must carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing. Please consider responding to the canvass online wherever possible.


Responding to the annual canvass

Legislation around the annual canvass changed in 2019. The changes mean we no longer require a response to the canvass from every property.

We will still contact every property by post.

When we contact you, the letter you receive will explain what action, if any, you must take.

If you are asked to respond, or there are changes you need to tell us about, the quickest way to do so is online.  The website can be accessed at  You will be asked for your postcode as well as 'Part 1' and 'Part 2' of the security code which can be found towards the bottom of your letter in the box 2. 

If you are asked to respond but do not, we will send you a reminder or a canvasser may visit you.  Canvassers will be visiting properties between September and October, following national and local rules and place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


Registering to vote

It is important to note that responding to a canvass document will not add any names to the electoral register. When we receive a response to the annual canvass, we then know what action we must take. We will contact each new individual to a household and ask them to register to vote.

Where possible anyone who is not registered already should register online. Select register to vote which will take you to the GOV.UK website where you can register. As well as your date of birth you will also be asked for your National Insurance (NI) number.

Register to vote

Alternatively, if you are unable to fill the form out online, you can contact us on 01257 515132 and request a paper form.


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